On Wednesday, June 17, Dylann Roof single-handedly changed history. The immediate and obvious results of his actions were the deaths of nine people and the injuries of many more. That was a horrible tragedy, and I can’t imagine that anyone would think otherwise.
Beyond the immediate tragedy, however, thousands—maybe millions—of law-abiding, patriotic citizens were deeply hurt as well. In fact, the fiber of our nation has been damaged by this act as the forces of political correctness jump on a bandwagon to change or ignore our history.
Jefferson Davis was the President of the Confederate States of America, a nation set up not to support or extend the reach of slavery but to resist the imperialist push by northern states to impose their will on southern states. States’ rights, not slavery, was the rallying cry of those southern patriots who joined the war effort to protect their rights.
That Davis was the President is an indisputable fact, just as it’s indisputable that George Washington was President of the United States. We build statues to honor such men, yet there is a major move afoot now to remove and probably destroy statues of Jefferson Davis. One such is on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin, and the political correctness police are demanding that it be removed.
The Stars and Bars was the battle flag of the Confederate Army. It is also a part of history. It’s not a symbol of wanting to return to slavery, nor has it anything to do with hating Black people. It has to do with remembering those who fought the losing battle to retain our states’ rights, which have been eroding ever since.
This flag did not shoot anyone in Charleston. Dylann Roof did that. The company that manufactured the gun he used didn’t kill anyone either. Dylann Roof did it. Pure and simple.
Let’s not allow the actions of this one horrible individual to feed the fires of gun control or to inflame hatred toward Southerners or to cause us to try to change history by pretending it didn’t exist. It did exist. Jefferson Davis did exist and has been honored by people all over the South for over 150 years now. The flag did exist and served as an honorable symbol of the struggle of honorable men.
If you don’t like Jefferson Davis, don’t honor him. If you don’t like Confederate flags, don’t fly one. But don’t make them objects of scorn and hatred and don’t deny those of us who do want to honor them the right to do so. And don’t pretend that guns or flags or statues walked into that church and shot those people.
And don’t pretend that honoring our heritage makes us some kind of racists. I have numerous friends who’s skin happens to be black or some shade of brown. I don’t have a racist bone in my body, but I do recognize historic facts, and I shouldn’t have to suffer the slurs of those who disagree with my recognition of those facts.
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